Female K-Pop Singers’ Suicides Unveil Deep Abyss in South Korean Music Industry

To the outside world, the K-Pop industry is promoting a glittering world of health façade. But behind the scenes of this extremely hierarchical and male-dominated industry, there are tough rules -, particularly for women.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In her last Instagram post, lying on her bed, she looks into the smartphone camera with empty eyes. The words: "Good night." Less than 24 hours later, last Sunday, the housekeeper found the lifeless body of the k-pop singer Goo Hara in her apartment in the noble Seoul district of Gangnam.

Officially, the Seoul police authorities are still investigating the exact cause of death, but they found a "pessimistic letter" written by the singer on her living room table. For most fans, the case seems clear: "Maybe you couldn't hear the voices of love . . .

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